"It all seemed so different; the way the patients presented,
how staff approached them, the family’s involvement -
"Sometimes I’d feel compelled to advise the MAs to be more
inquisitive or speed up a dragging consultation though I’d also
remind myself of computer tutorials where the expert’s hands-off
approach forced me to do things myself.
"I hoped that was possible here, yet these were actual
patients and the MAs often appeared unaware of the risks
"However, it was also clear that they were the only staff
available to perform an incredible range of clinical duties,
including specialities like child and learning disability
psychiatry, as well as neurology and epilepsy."
Dr Greg Neate - Locum Consultant Psychiatrist, Sussex
Partnership, Out of Programme Experience in Ghana, May to August